Nominate a STEM K-12 Teacher for the Educator Achievement Award

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Signup Deadline: 01 Feb, 2021
Starts: 02 Feb, 2021
Ends: 02 Feb, 2021
Location: Online Opportunity


Each year, the AIAA Foundation hosts its Educator Achievement Award, which honors three outstanding K-12 educators for their contribution to the continued study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics within the classroom and beyond.

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Winners of this award will receive:

  • $5,000 award to the educator
  • $5,000 award to the educator’s school or organization
  • A trip to Washington, DC to be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala
  • A crystal apple presented to the educator at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nominee must be a K–12 educator who supports AIAA in its efforts to bring “real world” STEM experiences to students
  • Past recipients are ineligible for future consideration
  • All recipients must be or become an AIAA Educator Associate member
  • Preference will be given to teachers who demonstrate active use of AIAA resources in their classroom
  • Self-nominations are not permitted
  • Nominator is not required to be a current AIAA member
  • Nominator may not serve as a reference
  • References are not required to be current AIAA members
  • One of the three letters of endorsement must be provided by the principal of the nominee’s school or the educator's supervisor
  • Nominations must be submitted using the online database

Nomination materials must include:



Must include:

  • The nominee’s teaching experience
  • Professional activities
  • Formal and continuing education
  • Awards and publications (if any)
  • A brief summary of personal teaching philosophy


Must describe:

  • How the educator promotes active learning and successfully encourages students to think imaginatively, critically, and independently
  • How the educator demonstrates instructional techniques that are appropriate for, and effective with, a variety of different learning styles
  • How the educator interacts enthusiastically and effectively with students beyond the classroom, using all opportunities productively to promote learning and address individual student needs
  • How the educators engaging, and inspiring presence motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community
  • How the educator achieved exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession
  • The educator demonstrates active use of AIAA resources within the classroom


  • Three signed letters of endorsement
    • For classroom educators: one letter of endorsement must be provided by the Principal of the nominee’s school
    • For educators outside of the classroom setting: one letter of endorsement must be provided by the educators supervisor

Winners will be announced in April 2021 and will be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington, DC.


Nomination Period Opens:  30 September 2020 at 12:00am EST
Nomination Period Closes: 1 February 2021 at 11:59pm EST

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Volunteers Needed:

100 (100 open slots)

Suggested Experience:

No Experience Required




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